Second Lady Karen Pence Visits Canopy Cove Eating Disorder Treatment Center to Shine Spotlight on Value of Art Therapy for those dealing with Eating Disorders

 

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA OCTOBER 18TH–  Canopy Cove Eating Disorder Treatment Center, one of the nations’ most experienced and respected eating disorder specialty treatment centers attract clients from across the country. On Wednesday, Second Lady Karen Pence will visit Canopy Cove, located in Tallahassee Florida to shine a spotlight on the valuable role that Art Therapy is playing in the recovery for these clients. Mrs. Pence will interact with clients (consent forms will have been signed) as they share how Art Therapy has impacted their recovery.

Eating Disorders have the highest mortality rate of all mental health diagnosis and are diagnosed in children, adolescents, and adults. Clients struggling with Anorexia, Bulimia and other associated Eating Disorders often experience progressive debilitating symptoms that can disrupt the productivity of their life and if left untreated lead to death.

Canopy Cove’s treatment protocol includes Art therapy which is a form of expressive therapy that uses the creative process of making art to positively impact a person’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

Art therapy, led by a trained specialist, provides a structured environment to enable clients to access feelings, emotions, fears and other concerns that must be addressed in the recovery process. In addition, art therapy can serve as a path to re-discovering joyful and positive emotions which can serve to build resilience and improve coping techniques.

Mrs. Pence is using her platform to draw attention to the vital role that art therapy can play in treatment from those dealing with past trauma and other mental health diagnoses. Karen Pence announced that she wants to shine a “spotlight on the mental health profession of art therapy.” Kara Brooks, the communications director for Mrs. Pence, said in an email that Mrs. Pence “has been a champion for art therapy for many years. “She has a true appreciation for all those who work in this mental health profession”.